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Savannah Smith recruited to K-State equestrian team

Courtesy photoSavannah Smith of Chinook, MT, competes in the Mountain Region Affiliate Championships in Utah in September 2010, where she was third in the youth 14-18 championship and third in the open Non Pro Derby on Chic Olena Rose.

MANHATTAN, KS – 2011 Chinook (MT) High School graduate Savannah Smith is one of six riders recruited and awarded an athletic scholarship to compete on one of the top collegiate equestrian teams in the nation.

Kansas State (K-State) equestrian head coach Cassie Lisabeth and her staff announced on Wednesday, May 11, the signing of Smith along with five other riders for the 2011-12 recruiting class for the Wildcats.

This year’s class is made up of three riders from the high school ranks and three riders who will be transferring in from the junior college level. The group features members from numerous parts of the country, as well as one rider from overseas. The 2011-12 class features incoming freshmen Smith, Kelsey Sousa and Madison Wayda, along with junior college transfers Jesse Johnson, Marie Klimova and Margaret Peine.

“We are extremely proud of the 2011-12 signing class and anxious to get them started next season,” said Lisabeth. “We have some great riders entering the program from all over the country and look forward to seeing them contribute to the great team we already have in place. I really appreciate their enthusiasm for K-State and our equestrian program and believe that enthusiasm will help them dive right into the team.”

Smith, who will be joining the reining squad this fall, hails from Chinook, MT, where she was a three-sport athlete for Chinook High School. Smith garnered numerous equestrian accolades, including being named Champion of the 2010 Cowboy States Reiners’ 14-18 year-old division, Champion in the Intermediate Non-Pro division and Reserve Champion in the Open Non-Pro division. Also in 2010, Smith was named a finalist in the Mountain Region Affiliate’s 14-18 year-old division as well as a finalist in the Non-Pro Derby. In the classroom, Smith was a member of Chinook High School’s Honor Roll, as well as an Honor Letter recipient.

The 2011-12 campaign will kick off this coming September as the Wildcats look to build off of another successful season as last year’s Western squad earned Reserve National Champion honors for the second consecutive season at the 2011 Varsity Equestrian National Championships.

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MANHATTAN, KS – 2011 Chinook (MT) High School graduate Savannah Smith is one of six riders recruited and awarded an athletic scholarship to compete on one of the top collegiate equestrian teams in the nation.

Kansas State (K-State) equestrian head coach Cassie Lisabeth and her staff announced on Wednesday, May 11, the signing of Smith along with five other riders for the 2011-12 recruiting class for the Wildcats.

This year’s class is made up of three riders from the high school ranks and three riders who will be transferring in from the junior college level. The group features members from numerous parts of the country, as well as one rider from overseas. The 2011-12 class features incoming freshmen Smith, Kelsey Sousa and Madison Wayda, along with junior college transfers Jesse Johnson, Marie Klimova and Margaret Peine.

“We are extremely proud of the 2011-12 signing class and anxious to get them started next season,” said Lisabeth. “We have some great riders entering the program from all over the country and look forward to seeing them contribute to the great team we already have in place. I really appreciate their enthusiasm for K-State and our equestrian program and believe that enthusiasm will help them dive right into the team.”

Smith, who will be joining the reining squad this fall, hails from Chinook, MT, where she was a three-sport athlete for Chinook High School. Smith garnered numerous equestrian accolades, including being named Champion of the 2010 Cowboy States Reiners’ 14-18 year-old division, Champion in the Intermediate Non-Pro division and Reserve Champion in the Open Non-Pro division. Also in 2010, Smith was named a finalist in the Mountain Region Affiliate’s 14-18 year-old division as well as a finalist in the Non-Pro Derby. In the classroom, Smith was a member of Chinook High School’s Honor Roll, as well as an Honor Letter recipient.

The 2011-12 campaign will kick off this coming September as the Wildcats look to build off of another successful season as last year’s Western squad earned Reserve National Champion honors for the second consecutive season at the 2011 Varsity Equestrian National Championships.

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